Anytime a professional sports team has a change of fortunes, it's hard not to take notice and ponder what can be attributed to the turnaround.
Positive vibes have undoubtedly been sent to the Delaware 87ers as of late. Though the team is still currently four games under .500, they've gone 5-5 in their last ten games on the heels of a four-game winning streak that the team is still currently riding.
As such, the team has come out of the gate strong following All-Star Weekend, going 3-0 in the week that followed.
Sean Kilpatrick started the season off as more of a role player with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Nevertheless, the young gun stands tall as Cincinnati's second-leading scorer of all-time. There's no doubt he has the potential to score in bunches if let loose and given the opportunity.
After watching him closely during NBA Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers, the affiliated staff of the Delaware 87ers knew that all too well. Since returning to the east coast, Kilpatrick has only continued to thrive, and this past week was no different. The guard averaged 20.6 points per game, all the while shooting a staggering 74% from the field and 71% from deep. He also added 3.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.3 steals through his team's last three contests.
Not far behind Kilpatrick was his starting backcourt running mate, 87ers' floor general D.J. Seeley. He not only averaged 19.6 points (on 47% both from the field and beyond the arc), but also pushed the tempo and (successfully) looked to get Kilpatrick and Co. involved throughout with 10 assists per game last week. An all the more pestering defender, Seeley averaged 3 steals and grabbed 4.3 rebounds as well.
The proof is in the pudding. The duo has collectively been playing its best basketball of the season. Each respective guard appears at his best when playing alongside the other. Even more telling is the type of positive impact such play has had on Delware most recently.
For their latest efforts, both Kilpatrick and Seeley share RidiculousUpside.com's "Top Prospect(s) of the Week" honors for dates ranging from February 15th to the 21st.
Should such a trend continues, it wouldn't be absolutely out of the question for the 87ers to potentially compete for one of the minor league's final playoff spots. It remain to be seen, however, how long they can keep this up.